23 Jun '11, 11pm

say NO to modern-day slavery

HAVING closely followed the vigorous debate on the subject of granting a day off a week to domestic maids, I am unable to comprehend the hullabaloo over something that is so fundamental - that is, every worker needs a rest. Isn't this a given? Most of us work either a five-day or five-and-a-half-day week, with up to 21 days of annual leave, and 11 public holidays. But when it comes to granting a day off a week to domestic maids, we feel that the sky is collapsing on us. Maids generally work long hours, with most starting their household chores from as early as 5am and stopping at about 10pm. It can be longer for those who work in households with large families, especially when they have to wash four cars, do the laundry, clean the house, walk the dog and cook. Many employers do not treat their maids well. Over time, I have made many observations, and the following is only ...

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